Last edited by jasonxe; 03-25-13 at 12:48 AM.
Creating out of thin air a whole industry interested in expansion of incarceration is a terrible idea, even if it saves a buck here and there.
We put the State, with it coercive force and punitive methods in charge of policing, courts and prisons for a reason.
As a rule of thumb, the government should deal with what we want less of: crime, foerign aggression, safety violations, etc
The market, with its creativity and resilient growth should do what we want more of: goods and services provided and accepted voluntarily.
There is some data that shows success, so I'll grant you that, but the devil is in the details. The success rates depend greatly on the age of the offender, and amount of time spent rehabilitating, and the age at which they are released. The age at which the crime was committed, the term spent in confinement, and the type of crime, tends to point to a predictable pattern of recidivism. To me this is one of those topics that really needs a national referendum. The pinheaded psychologists, and researchers and do-gooders have been experimenting with crime and punishment far to long, IMO. We as a society not only have the right to set these standard, we are obligated to. We are also responsible for the consequences, however positive, and or negative they come to be reconciled.
“When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators.” - P. J. O’Rourke
“Socialism is great until you run out of someone elses money” Margaret Thatcher
... the 20th century has been characterized by three developments of great political importance: The growth of democracy, the growth of corporate power, and the growth of corporate propaganda as a means of protecting corporate power against democracy.
Australian social scientist, quoted by Noam Chomsky in World Orders Old and New